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Action Alert:Toxic Sludge Labeling Bill in Congress

National Sludge Alliance, Box 130, Copake, NY 12516 Action Alert
Send letters to Your Representatives to co-sponsor Food Labeling Bill
and ask Senators to introduce a companion bill.

H.R. 262 To amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic act and the egg, meat,
and poultry inspection laws to ensure that consumers receive
notification regarding food products produced from crops, livestock, or
poultry raised on land on which sewage sludge was applied. Introduced
in the House of Representatives on January 6, 1999 by Mr. Jose Serrano
and referred to the Committee on Commerce, and the Committee on
Agriculture.
SAMPLE LETTER In Support of HR 262 food labeling bill that provides
consumers the basic "right to know"

Dear Senator -------------,

I am writing to express my strong support for HR 262, introduced by
Representative Jose Serrano, to amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
and the egg, meat, and poultry inspection laws to ensure that consumers
receive notification regarding food crops, livestock, or poultry raised
on land on which sewage sludge was applied.

The federal ban on the ocean dumping of sludge without an investigation
of alternatives and mandating enforceable safe methods and processes has
put food, water, farmland, and consumers at risk. To meet the huge
demand for cheap land-based sludge disposal, sludge generators and
processors are aggressively promoting industrial contaminated sludge as
an agricultural fertilizer. If sludge is not safe for the ocean, how
can it be safe for food crop production?

Sludge is a toxic soup of industrial and household chemicals. Materials
discharged to sewage treatment plants consist of residential,
industrial, hospital wastes, runoff from streets and farmlands, and in
some cases landfill leachates including Superfund sites. These wastes
contain varying degrees of pathogens, heavy metals, man-made organic
chemicals such as PCBs, dioxins, pharmaceuticals, industrial solvents,
detergents, asbestos, and radioactive wastes.

The EPA is promoting growing food on these contaminants without telling
the public. As a consumer the decision to expose my family to this risk
should rest with me and not a state or federal bureaucracy.

I urge your support and sponsorship of a companion bill in the Senate.
This is a food labeling bill (HR 262) that will provide consumers with a
basic "right to know". I look forward to your timely reply to this
request.

Sincerely,

To Representatives last paragraph change
I urge your support and co-sponsorship of bill HR 262 food labeling
bill that provides consumers with a basic "right to know".

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